Adam Lippes looked to Mexican-America lowrider culture–as in, the pimped-out vehicles subculture that’s currently taking over Sao Paolo, Brazil–for his spring collection.
Still, there was nothing flashy about his clothes–rendered in blues, whites, and nudes in soft, loose menswear cuts, the femininity and slinkiness was more a whisper than a shout.
But they were still heard. Sexy bandeaus done in python were softened by oversized lace tops; animal prints were muted in tones of gray or tan. A lion tattoo was turned into an over-sized print on a gauzy midi-dress.
It’s the kind of low-key sophistication and incredible craftsmanship that will put Lippes in the same closets as luxury brands like The Row or Elder Statesman–the kind one buys to wear forever, rather than just to be shot during fashion week.